Here, at the height of a contentious election season during a global pandemic, friction and pressure seem to be everywhere. While not caused by or as impactful as politics or disease, the friction and pressure that lead to the development of corns and calluses can nevertheless cause significant pain and discomfort.

Corns and calluses are some of the most common foot problems out there. Fortunately, they can usually be resolved quite easily, primarily by alleviating the very factors that cause them in the first place.

What Are Corns and Calluses?

Corns and calluses are thick, hardened skin layers that develop on your feet or hands due to your skin’s efforts to protect itself from repetitive movements that cause friction and pressure.

While corns and calluses share many symptoms – such as thick, rough areas of skin, hardened, raised bumps, and tenderness or pain under your skin – they are not the same thing.

Smaller than calluses, corns have a hard center surrounded by inflamed skin. They tend to develop on non-weight-bearing parts of the feet, such as the tops or side of the toes. Calluses usually appear on the soles of the feet, especially under the heels or balls. 

Causes of Corns and Calluses

As noted, the primary culprits behind corns and calluses are friction and pressure, usually caused by improperly fitting or uncomfortable footwear.  Tight-fitting shoes and high heels tend to compress the feet. Conversely, when shoes are too loose, feet may repeatedly slide and rub against the materials, seams, or stitches inside the shoe. Not wearing socks, which can add a layer of protection against irritation, can increase the chances of corns and calluses appearing.

Certain underlying foot problems can also make corns and calluses more likely, such as bunions, hammertoe, and bone spurs.

Treatment For Corns and Calluses

The best way to get rid of corns and calluses is to get rid of the footwear that causes them to develop. Wear properly fitting shoes, and don’t hesitate to use protective pads and inserts as well.

If the corns and callus don’t go away after these adjustments or become painful, a podiatrist can provide you with relief. They may carefully strip away excess skin during an office visit. They may apply a patch like Clear Away that contains 40 percent salicylic acid or prescribe custom orthotics that can prevent corns and calluses from reappearing. In rare instances where a bone deformity is responsible for the problem, minimally invasive corrective surgery may be the best course of action.

Call the Hollywood, Florida Foot and Ankle Specialists at JAWS Podiatry Today

At JAWSpodiatry, we know how painful and frustrating foot or ankle problems like corns and calluses can be. We also understand that you want to resolve any such issues as quickly and as easily as possible. That’s why our foot and ankle specialists will explore all possible alternatives to treat your condition and see if a non-surgical solution can address your problem. If we do recommend surgery, our experienced podiatrist will perform your procedure with the utmost care and precision, using the most advanced technology and methods. We are here to get you back on your feet and back to your life. Please contact us today at (954) 922-7333 to schedule a consultation.